Garden School:


Garden School:
Teaching this week: Nothing! It's winter holiday time!

Workshops/Courses

 ALL COURSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Sorry folks, we're not allowed to run courses at the moment. We tentatively re-scheduled the WFGA How To Be Self-Employed one in Staffordshire for September, and the FSC asked me to run the Summer Tree ID one at Bushy Park in September, but alas, they were all CANCELLED.

Details will be on their various websites, as things progress.

BUT UNTIL THEN, SORRY, NO COURSES!

There are, however, books to buy: if you want to know about Tree ID, you can - for just a couple of quid, or free if you have Kindle Unlimited - learn about:

 

Conifer Basics:  a short but thorough introduction to the very complicated and difficult subject of Conifer identification.

This will teach you, clearly and simply, how to divide the conifers you are likely to find while out and about in the UK, into three basic categories, and then to sort them into genus. 

I've tried to make a rather heavy-weight topic into something rather more fun: so it's been simplified, but not dumbed down.

 

When you want a break from conifers, turn your attention instead to Broadleaf or Deciduous trees, and learn how to identify Winter Trees.

Again, simplified but not dumbed down: identifying trees in winter might appear to be impossible at first, but fear not, this book runs you through all the common street and woodland trees, the ones you are likely to find in and around your home town.

There's nothing like being an expert in something, to make you feel good: and once you can ID them in winter, just think how much easier it will be, next summer!

Horrors of the Hedgerow... Talking of summer, once we get back round to the nicer time of year, hopefully we will all still be going out for walks in our neighbourhood, having been forced to do so during Lockdown.

Throw away that expensive gym membership! Just get outside and go walking!

Drag your kids out as well, and make the most of the time, by teaching them all about the painful and poisonous things, lurking in the hedgerows.

What's that? You don't know anything about them? But they're your kids...oh, you mean the plants. Sorry! No worries, this is the book for you, clearly and simply explaining all about the nasties you are most likely to encounter, when out on a local walk in the UK.

And we all hope that maybe, 2021 will see us getting back to presenting face to face courses again. In the meantime, I'm leaving the following information up, to give you an idea of what - hopefully! - will be available next year.




I will be would have been presenting the following one-day courses in 2020:  scroll down for details and links to the various organisations, for booking.

Any questions, do please feel free to email me on Inquiries@rachel-the-gardener.co.uk.

2020:

Feb:
FSC: Sat 8th, Winter Tree ID, Bushy Park, London
FSC: Sat 29th, Winter Tree ID, Amersham, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks

March:
WFGA: Sat 7th, How to be a Self-Employed Gardener, Grove, Oxfordshire
FSC: Sat 14th, Conifer ID, Bushy Park, London

April:
WFGA: Sat 18th  How to be a Self-Employed Gardener, Stone, Staffordshire

May:
FSC: Sat 2nd, Summer Tree ID, Bushy Park, London

July:
FSC: Sat 11th, Summer Tree ID, Amersham, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks

Sept:

FSC: Sat 12th, Intro to Botanical Keys, Bushy Park, London






Feb 2020:

FSC - Sat 8th Feb 2020  Winter Tree ID - Bushy Park FSC Centre, London - and
FSC - Sat 29th Feb 2020 Winter Tree ID - Amersham FSC Centre, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks

This is suitable for complete beginners: even if you can't really recognise trees in summer, you can still learn to do it in winter, and just think how much easier it will be once they have leaves! A short one-day introduction to the subject, we will spend the morning doing "Identifying", by working through the keys in the FSC's own Guide to Winter Trees, then in the afternoon we'll be doing the short-hand version, "Recognising", using my Cribs: and yes, you get to keep the Crib afterwards!



If you can't make either of these dates or locations, check out my book on the subject, Winter Tree ID, free to download if you have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, and only a few pounds, if you don't.


 March 2020:


On Saturday 7th March 2020, I will be repeating my one-day workshop on How to Be a Self-Employed Gardener for the WFGA at Grove, in Oxfordshire.

(Please note, that picture on their website - below - is not a picture of me!!)




We will be based at Grove Village Hall, Oxfordshire - arrive for registration and hot drinks at about 09.15, and I'll be talking from the moment you arrive! Bring along a packed lunch, and we aim to finish by 4pm.


A chance to ask me any questions you like about starting up in business: having done it myself, and having quite literally written the book on this subject - How To Be A Self-Employed Gardener, to be precise - I am always happy to talk about it, and to answer questions, to encourage more people to take this step and become self-employed as Gardeners. Even if you are already self-employed, this workshop will help and encourage you to take it to the next level, to be better: and to charge a realistic rate for it!

If you live further north, we are repeating this course in Staffordshire, in April, and we hope to add an "eastern" location as well.




FSC: Sat 14th March 2020, Conifer ID, Bushy Park FSC Centre, London

If you think you know nothing at all about Conifers, this is the course for you! It's a one-day course, with a lot to cover, but by the end of the day you will be able to recognise most of the commonly-found Conifers in the UK to genus level. No, not genius level, genus level - being a genius would take more than one day...



If you can't make the date or the location, this course is based around my book Conifer Basics, which is an easy introduction to a difficult subject.


April 2020:

On Saturday 18th April 2020, I will be repeating my one-day workshop on How to Be a Self-Employed Gardener, for the WFGA, in Staffordshire.

(Please note, that picture on their website - below - is not a picture of me!!)



We will be based at Oulton Village Hall, near Stone - arrive for registration and hot drinks at about 09.15, and I'll be talking from the moment you arrive! Bring along a packed lunch, and we aim to finish by 4pm.

A chance to ask me any questions you like about starting up in business: having done it myself, and having quite literally written the book on this subject - How To Be A Self-Employed Gardener, to be precise - I am always happy to talk about it, and to answer questions, to encourage more people to take this step and become self-employed as Gardeners. Even if you are already self-employed, this workshop will help and encourage you to take it to the next level, to be better: and to charge a realistic rate for it!

This is a repeat of the course in Grove, Oxfordshire, from March: and we plan to repeat it again somewhere east of Stevenage, for the benefit of people living over on towards the east coast.




May 2020:

FSC: Sat 2nd May 2020, Introduction to Broad-leaved Trees, Bushy Park FSC Centre, London

This one-day course is an easy introduction to our common street trees: if you struggle to spot an Oak from a Sycamore, this course will show you what to look for and how to use a Key to narrow down the options.






We'll be spending as much of the day outside as we can, and you get a copy of the Tree Trail foldout to keep afterwards, which is extremely useful: especially after you've spent the day annotating it!



July 2020:



FSC - Sat 11th July 2020,  Summer Tree ID - Amersham FSC Centre, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks

A repeat of this one-day course, which is an easy introduction to our common street trees: if you struggle to spot an Oak from a Sycamore, this course will show you what to look for and how to use a Key to narrow down the options.




As before, we'll spend as much of the day outdoors as possible, looking at actual trees and putting into operation the skills needed to identify our trees in summer.


Sept 2020:



FSC: Sat 12th Sept 2020, Introduction to Botanical Keys, Bushy Park, London

"Keying out" is an essential skill for anyone interested in Botany, but it can be daunting: this one-day introduction will explain how Dichotomous Keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. We will be working mainly from The Vegetative Key to the British Flora by Poland and Clements (with reference to Rose, and Stace), so bring along your copy if you have one:  and from the FSC's own fold-out Tree Name Trail, a copy of which will be provided for you to keep.





This practical course will take us outside as much as possible.